Madrona Trunk, 1977

William Winden
(American, born 1931, died 2009)

Location: Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham


Madrona Trunk’ depicts the peeling bark of a common northwest tree. Artist William Winden used subtle contrasts in color to create this dynamic composition.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Bellingham School District Collection.


Northwest artist William Winden (1931-2009) created expressive landscape paintings and prints. Winden grew up in Tacoma in Western Washington, swimming and boating on Puget Sound, and hiking in Washington state's woods and mountains, eventually climbing to the summit of Mount Rainier. He believed that “stories are told by music and art, often in a way of which words are incapable.” His artworks communicate the beauty, strength, and fragility of the natural world.

Material CategoryWork on paper - painting
MediumWatercolor paint on paper
Dimensions30 in x 22 in
ID NumberWSAC1979.073.000
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyBellingham Technical College
Artwork LocationBellingham Technical College
College services (CS), Room 220, North
WA CountyWhatcom
Site TypeCollege
Address3028 Lindbergh Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225
Geo. Coordinates48.765163, -122.509108
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